SUPER FURRIES STAR’S STUTTERING SOLO START!

The star chats about his first lone venture...

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS frontman GRUFF RHYS has unveiled full details of his forthcoming debut solo album.

As previously revealed on NME.COM, the band’s label Placid Casual will release the record in January 2005. Clocking in at 29 minutes and containing 11 songs, ‘Yr Atal Genhedlaeth’ (which translates roughly as ‘The Stuttering Generation’) was recorded with Gorwel Owen at Stiwdio Ofn at various points between summer 2003 and spring 2004.

The full tracklisting is:

‘Yr Atal Genhedlaeth'(‘The Stuttering Generation’)

‘Gwn Mi Wn’ (‘Yes I Know’)

‘Epynt’ (It’s a mountain in mid-Wales)

‘Rhagluniaeth Ysgafn’ (‘May My Destiny Be Light’)

‘Pwidin Wy 1’ (‘Egg Pudding 1’)

‘Pwidin Wy 2’ (‘Egg Pudding 2’)

‘Y Gwybodusion’ (‘Experts’)

‘Caerffosiaeth’ (‘Sewage City’)

‘Ambell Waith’ (‘Remembering’)

‘Ni Yw Y Byd’ (‘We Are The World’)

‘Chwarea’n Troi’n Chwerw’ (‘When Play Turns Sour’)

All songs are originals, which the exception of the closing song, a cover of a Welsh language standard which Rhys says “haunted me through my childhood”.

Rhys said of the album: “It came together quite accidentally. I didn’t initially plan to make a record.

“We’re in a luxurious position as a band (Super Furry Animals) where we always have far too many songs anyway. Since we did ‘Mwng’ (SFA‘s 2000 Welsh language album) I’ve been collecting ideas for lyrics, and it took this long to get together.”

The star added: “I’m considering splitting up after this record. I’m not sure exactly where, horizontally, or vertically.”

SFA are also hard at work on their seventh studio album – the follow up to 2003’s ‘Phantom Power’ – to be released on Epic during spring 2005. Rhys told NME recently that the album “has an orchestral feel to it”. The band are reported to be finishing the mixing of the album in Brazil shortly.